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An American Roadtrip Time Lapse In 4K

By Kishore Sawh on July 3rd 2014


“You are watching with pride…” went the US Air Force announcer’s voice as the F-15C tore the air apart over the heads of bewildered spectators. They may have been bewildered because this show was at RIAT in England, so I’m not sure how many were actually American, but it didn’t matter, they were bewildered too at this precise and piercing demonstration.

As that Eagle driver bent that piece of American iron all around the skies, with Aerosmith playing in the background, it was enough to make you all gooey and patriotic inside, even for a country you may not be from. I remember chatting afterward to the pilot  who was from Oregon. The jet he was flying came from Florida, and his crew were mostly from Nevada. He was  telling me how England reminded him of home. This country, is an enormous place, as varied as its people, and so full of incredible scenery it would take a lifetime to see.

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Coming off the heels of a right good show from the US Soccer team in Brasil, and July 4th cresting the end of the week, I think it’s fair to say the entire country is feeling just a little more red, white, and blue, which makes the following time-lapse, just that much more appropriate. Shot by photographer Joel Schat, part of Roadtrippers, it’s the product of a prodigious amount of travel, managed by equal parts skill, patience, and wanderlust.

Shot with a myriad of Canon gear and other photographic instruments of witchery (gear list below) in order to artistically capture it all in striking 4K, what Schat ends up with is a tapestry woven of American geographical fabric. From deciduous forests to salt plains, it’s here.  It may give a greater, or at least refreshed, appreciation for this country.

Gear List

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 6D
Canon 16-35 f/2.8L USM
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L USM
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L USM

Do yourself a favor and check out Joel’s site for a trove of great content, and here is a sort of precursor/bts video of the filming of the time-lapse you’ve just watched.

Source: PetaPixel

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dick Raymond

    Spectacular and Riveting film clip!

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  2. Rebecca Beatty

    This type of work is so awesome!

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  3. Keegan Carroll

    Wow! What a job! This is why I love photography so much.

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  4. Michael Chapman

    Wow, stunning!

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  5. Servando Miramontes

    My screen doesn’t support 4k…. so it was just…. Okay….. Hahahahaha

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  6. Terry Retherford

    Love it!!!!!

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  7. Greg Faulkner

    Absolutely beautiful imagery, very powerful to watch coupled with the music.

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  8. Aaron Spencer

    Really Beautiful!

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  9. Ralph Hightower

    Awesome! I even laughed at his bumper sticker on his frig “My job is better than your vacation”!

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  10. Anthony Thurston


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